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Mental Health and Well-Being

As the number of cases of COVID-19 increase, so does the associated anxiety, stress and fear. In addition, many of our OSU employees are now balancing working from home while also caring for and schooling their children, worrying about aging parents and dealing with social isolation. The mental health effects of COVID-19 are numerous and they are just as important to address as the physical health effects. Hoping that mental health problems such as anxiety or depression will go away on their own can lead to worsening symptoms, and this is precisely why it is of critical importance to ask for help when needed.  Assistance for OSU-Stillwater employees can be found here.

 

Fitness and Nutrition

Looking for a great at-home workout? We have you covered! Check out our variety of virtual group fitness classes and exercise library of over 80 workout moves demonstrated by our personal trainers!

 

Use some of your free time to experiment with new recipes. Follow along with one of our Easy Eats recipes. Additonal healthy recipe options are available at Shape Your Future OKIf you find yourself in need of assistance or unable to provide groceries for yourself or your family during this time, please visit Our Daily Bread.

 

Virtual Wellness Wednesdays

Join us for our Virtual Wellness Wednesday series. We will provide fun and informative sessions on topics such as: Adjusting to Working from Home, Shedding a Positive Light on COVID-19, Staying Socially Connected, Keeping Your Body Moving, Keeping a Sound Mind, Practicing Proper Nutrition and more. View Virtual Wellness Wednesdays.

  

Staying Socially Connected

Since many of us are working from home and practicing social distancing, we may find ourselves feeling lonelier or more disconnected than usual. Not only can this contribute to feelings of depression, but also when individuals feel alone, they are more likely to participate in poor health behaviors like over eating, substance use, or physical inactivity. The good news is there are many ways we can continue to stay socially connected while still following the social distancing guidelines.

  • Video chatting

    • There are many platforms such as Face Time, House Party, Skype, Zoom, and Google Hangouts.

    • These platforms can be used for general conversation, but you could also be more creative by playing games, sharing meals, or working out over video chats.

  • Netflix Party

    • This is a way to watch Netflix with your friends online. It synchronizes video playback and adds group chat so you and your friends can discuss the shows or movies as you watch. Try it out!

  • Phone calls

    • Let us not forget that a simple phone call can also be a great way to connect, especially with family members who may not have the technology to use video chat capabilities.

 

Maintaining Positivity

In the midst of everything going on with COVID-19, it can be easy to focus on the negative things happening all over the world and in our own lives. However, this constant focus on the negative can begin to weigh us down and cause a damper on our mental health. During this time, it is important that we make a conscious effort to focus on the things in our lives that are going well by starting a gratitude practice. Here are just a few ways you can practice gratitude in your life:

  • Start a gratitude journal

  • Tell someone how much you appreciate them

  • Include an act of kindness in your life each day

  • Call your loved ones more often

  • Volunteer if you are able

  • Keep a gratitude list out where you see it and add to it daily

For more information about maintaining a positive outlook and working on your own personal happiness, check out this free online class offered by Yale University.  

 

Healthy Stress Management Strategies

With the outbreak of COVID-19, it seems things are constantly changing and we have no idea what to expect from one day to the next. This, along with all of the negativity on social media, can leave us feeling more anxious, worried, and stressed. That is why it is so important to begin or continue practicing some positive stress management and relaxation techniques.

  • Get a little sunshine every day. Being outside in nature is a great way to boost your mood.

  • Go for walks or work out every day. Being physically active releases endorphins that help improve your mood.

  • Try healthy relaxation activities specific to you like taking a bath, listening to music, coloring, crafting, reading, etc.

Join us for Mindfullness Mondays, quick and easy mindfulness practices you can do at home!
These short videos will focus on different breathing and meditation techniques that are sure to help you start your week off on the right foot. 

 

 

 

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